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Hokkaido’s second-largest city after Sapporo lies the Kamikawa Basin, Asahikawa (literary means ‘sunrise river’) is a good transport hub for Biei, Furano, Wakkanai and Abashiri or as a base for Daisetsuzan National Park.
TO DO 01
Exploring Central Asahikawa
Asahikawa is the location site of Miura Ayako’s most famous novel ‘Freezing Point (Hyoten)”. The city center is straddles the clear rivers and laid out in a grid pattern, with its varied attractions, bustling izakaya, ramen and craft shops.
TO DO 02
See Ecosystems at Asahiyama Zoo
Japan’s northernmost zoo features wildlife of Hokkaido, cold areas and Africa. Here you can watch animals such as both brown and polar bears, foxes, eagles, monkeys, tigers, wolves, deers, seals and penguins.
TO DO 03
Discovering the Legend of Kamikawa Ainu
Western Asahikawa is home to Kamikawa Ainu. You will find Japan’s first Ainu culture museum, re-created small Ainu and craft villages around Chikabumi district. Kamuikotan is a legendary scenic gorge along Ishikari-gawa.
TO DO 04
Visiting Northern Asahikawa’s Cultural Places
From military history to stylish crafts, Northern Asahikawa offers several cultural museums and galleries.
GETTING THERE & AROUND
TRAIN: Limited express trains run to Sapporo (1.5hrs / ¥4690) on the JR Hakodate Line, Wakkanai (3hrs 45min / ¥8360) on the JR Soya Line and Abashiri (3hrs 45min / ¥8030) on the JR Sekihoku Line. There are local trains for Furano (70min / ¥1290) via Biei (¥640) on the JR Furano Line.
BUS: Most buses depart from Asahikawa Station bus touch (tickets 7.30am-6.30pm):
|Furano||1hr 40min||8 daily||¥900|
|New Chitose Airport||2hrs 45min||3-4 daily||¥3800|